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RTÉ and Joe Duffy apologise for untrue and defamatory statements about Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Aengus Ó Snodaigh (left) celebrates with supporters after topping the poll in the Dublin South Central constituency at General Election 2020

RTÉ's Joe Duffy has apologised to Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South Central Aengus Ó Snodaigh for untrue and defamatory remarks made about him on Liveline on RTÉ Radio 1 in February.

Speaking on on his radio show on Monday, presenter Joe Duffy said:

“RTÉ and I unreservedly apologise to Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD for defamatory and unfair publication of comments and statements concerning Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD published by me and this programme on the 12th February 2020. 

“RTÉ and I sincerely acknowledge and accept that Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD was not convicted of a public order offence involving members of An Garda Síochána or any criminal offence as stated by RTÉ and I.

“RTÉ and I accept that this publication in respect of Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD did not comply with good broadcasting standards and in particular the standards required of a public broadcaster such as RTÉ. 

“RTÉ and I sincerely regret, apologise and acknowledge the great distress caused to Mr Ó Snodaigh TD arising out of this broadcast.”

Aengus Ó Snodaigh is Sinn Féin's Chief Whip in the Dáil. In February he was successfully re-elected in the Dublin South Central constituency where he topped the poll with 17,015 first preference votes – close to 40% of the vote.

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